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Thousands had to be moved to safety after the barge went up

Revellers had gathered at Terrigal Beach, NSW to see in the New Year with a fireworks display offshore. However, a few minutes in to the display things were clearly going wrong.

"It was an absolute chaos," Anooshe Mushtaq described the scene on Twitter. "The boat shooting the fireworks goes on fire and started shootings randomly. Lucky I escaped as soon as I saw the boat on fire."

The two pyrotechnics on board were able to jump off the barge before it exploded - what should have been a 12 minute display was all over in 4 and a half....

You can see the video here


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